Our authors

Jon Tait

Jon is an influential and inspirational education leader in a large and diverse North East secondary school. His innovative approach to school and organisational leadership challenges the habits that have gone before, looking at ways to improve education through change management. Follow him @teamtait

Sarah Findlater

Sarah is an experienced teacher, school leader and writer. She has spoken at various teaching and learning events discussing topics including marking and feedback, progress, revision techniques, digital learning and senior leadership. She is the Co-Founder of the senior leadership training event @SLTcamp.

Molly Potter

Molly Potter taught for 11 years in middle schools as a class teacher, science and PSHE co-ordinator. She then worked for several years as an SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) Development Manager, delivering teacher training and supporting primary schools in the development of their SRE programme and policy and many other aspects of PSHE. 


José Picardo

José Picardo is Deputy Head at Hampshire Collegiate School. His main interests are pedagogy, technology and how they combine to produce great teaching and learning. He is a regular and well-regarded speaker in conferences and INSET events. He was the recipient of a Pearson teacher award in 2015 for the use of technology. 


Cherryl Drabble

Cherryl is an assistant headteacher working at an Ofsted graded Outstanding school in Blackpool. She is a CPD leader, assessment leader, ITT and NQT Mentor. She has an MA in inclusion/SEN and has 14 years' experience in teaching children with special educational needs. She also has nine years' experience as a Senior Leader responsible for running CPD. She is a successful blogger on the topics of SEND, Ofsted and many other subjects. 


Paul K. Ainsworth

Paul K. Ainsworth is an Academy Advisor for a large Multi-Academy Trust after being Head of a secondary school. Paul frequently writes for Optimus Education and has had articles published in many educational publications. He is regularly approached to speak at national teaching conferences and recently spoke at a TEDx. Paul is a Research Associate for the National College School of Leadership and a member of the editorial panel of Sec Ed. 


Stephen Lockyer

Stephen Lockyer works as a primary teacher in London, and has taught for the past sixteen years. He is passionate about primary teaching, and talks across the country on a variety of related topics. When not speaking or writing, he herds his own small band of children around the great outdoors in his VW campervan. He is prolific on Twitter, and is staggered by the number of followers he has. Follow him for even more ideas! @MrLockyer


Debbie Light

Debbie Light is an Advanced Skills Teacher and an Assistant headteacher in a secondary school in West London. She is the co-author of Lesson Planning Tweaks For Teachers and is one half of @TeacherTweaks


Marcella McCarthy

Marcella McCarthy is principal of an all-through (3-19) Academy in Oxford; an experienced senior leader with a track record of success in school improvement. She has extensive experience in coaching and lecturing in the field of teaching and learning, and has written for a range of professional journals. She is a member of the NATE post-16 committee, on the Advisory Board for Cambridge University Press, and National Senior Lead Practitioner for the SSAT. Marcella is also the author of The Spider Strategy: Six Steps to Outstanding. 


Ian Morris

Ian Morris runs the Well-being programme at Wellington College, Berkshire and is Head of Philosophy and Religion. He is a member of the Institute for Positive Psychology and a member of the WISE committee led by Lord Layard. He is also a visiting speaker on the Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. 


Graham Tyrer

Graham Tyrer has thirty-two years experience of leading and teaching in secondary schools. He is a published author in the field of literacy and school leadership. He won a Times Educational Supplement Outstanding Literacy Initiative Award, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Every Child Matters National Literacy Award and Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. 


Chris Pim

Chris Pim leads on the development of EAL E Learning at EMTAS. He is also an independent trainer specialising in the use of ICT to support EAL learners. Chris co-authored the EAL MESHGuide and has written 2 books for Bloomsbury about supporting EAL learners in schools.